Keeping Melville safe with Constable Care

Constable Care will continue to spread safety education messages to schools across Melville, following another Memorandum of Understanding signed between the City and the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF).

The City and CCCSF have had a long standing community partnership and since January 2013 over 14,500 Constable Care performances have been delivered to children and young people in the City of Melville.

In the 2015-2016 financial year alone, 51 theatre-in-education performances were delivered to local primary and high schools, translating to over 4500 children aged between 4 and 17 years.

As a not-for-profit community based charity, the purpose of the CCCSF is to prevent harm to children, young people and the community through theatre-in-education programs and community services that raise awareness, change attitudes and behaviours and prevent or reduce harm.

With the 2016-2017 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) now in place between the City and the CCCSF, the sponsorship ensures local schools will once again be able to access Constable Care performances and theatre-in-education programs at no cost to the school.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said that in addition to children enjoying Constable Care performances, evaluations completed previously by the CCCSF indicated there was a significant positive change in students' knowledge and attitude towards the topics addressed at the performances.

“There has also been positive feedback from teachers regarding the educational and engagement value of the programs delivered, and overall there is strong community support for the Constable Care program,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“Everyone in the community has a role to play in creating a Safer Melville, even our children, and the Constable Care program is wonderful in that it connects, informs and empowers our young people to rethink behaviours, consider consequences and look after themselves and hopefully each other.

“We encourage our local schools to request a Constable Care performance by visiting www.cccsf.org.au/  and hope to inspire our young people to play their part in creating a Safer Melville.

“The community are also encouraged to report incidents or suspicious activities they may observe in their neighbourhoods directly to the police on 131 444.”

For more information on the City’s partnership with Constable Care, the WA Police and other Safer Melville initiatives and safety tips visit www.melvillecity.com.au/safermelville or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.